Community Memorial Health System Launches Nurse Residency Program

Over the years, National Counsel States Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) have examined issues related to the training and retention of new graduate nurses. Their findings consistently demonstrate that the inability of nurses to properly transition into new practice after graduation can have significant negative consequences.

In response to the assimilation challenges faced by many new nurses, Nurse Residency Programs have begun to take shape at hospitals across the country. These programs transcend standard orientation programs in duration, focus, and complexity and are designed to strengthen new graduate clinical and analytical skills and reduce turnover. They provide emotional support to new nurses and seek to foster their interest in practice improvement and career advancement.

Always at the forefront of clinical innovation and academic development, Community Memorial Health System (CMHS) is proud to announce our first inaugural Nurse Resident Class! The class of Fall 2017 includes (Back Row, L-R) Jennifer Wise, RN, Taylor Edsel, RN, Camille Finnerty, RN, Marika Schipper, RN, Kierstyn Polte, RN, Jocelyn Briggs, RN, (Front Row, L-R) Annel Lupian, RN, Sara Maffet, RN, Lauren Barnett, RN, Darcy Young, RN, Rachel Alan, RN, and Riley Friedl, RN.

The CMHS Nurse Residency Program provides a structured experience that gives our newly graduated RNs the support to begin their nursing careers with confidence. The recently developed curriculum is designed to help build solid foundations and guide career development. It incorporates proven methods of adult learning and emphasizes the development of both clinical skills and leadership skills throughout the transition from student nurse to acute care professional.

Nurses in the CMHS Nurse Residency Program work in a direct care role in our academic medical center at the Ventura campus. The one-year program begins with 16 weeks of preceptor-led programming and is followed by monthly seminars. It will involve the majority of new graduates hired into Community Memorial Health System.

Please join us in welcoming out first Nurse Resident Class and congratulating CMHS Nursing Administration on the development and implementation of this crucial program! For more information on the program, contact our Nursing Administration office at 805-652-5011 or Debbie Wilkes, MSN/MBA, RN, Manager, Clinical Education at Community Memorial Health System.